The educational side of Bubiko Foodtour

From the start, Bubiko Foodtour was meant to be a cross between Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, with a dash of Charlie Chaplin.

Bubiko is a little chef from northeastern Thailand, just outside of Udon Thani. There, growing up, she learned how to make Issan-style food. However, she is also familiar with Lanna cuisine and other regional cooking styles of Thailand. Her favorite dessert is mango sticky rice. (Visit Bubiko's Instagram account to see the many locations where she sampled mango sticky rice.)

An early version of Bubiko, before she became 3D.

Bubiko has researched the food cultures of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and Shenzhen, China. She has also spent time researching in Ventiane, Yangoon, Jakarta, Bandung and Hong Kong. Japan and the US as well. Again, you are invited to look at her Instagram, or search "Bubiko" on this blog.

Heart-shaped cookies in Ohio!

Bubiko's little photo ebook about the food of Ipoh, Malaysia is here, on Amazon. (And, her guide to AR, augmented reality, is here.)

As AR technology continues to improve, Bubiko will make educational AR projects for people of all ages about spices, vitamins, geography, cooking techniques and other concepts related to food.

Bubiko also really likes butterfly pea flowers, and one day will have an AR lesson about them.

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Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. They are drinking butterfly pea flower tea, and the cake is garnished with butterfly pea flowers.

Butterfly pea flower ( Clitoria ternatea ) is found all over Southeast Asia. It used to make many types of foods and is also great in drinks; by itself or mixed with other ingredients, like macha. It is also used in soap, shampoo and other health care products.

Here is a great recipe for "Blue Surf Cake", on the Unconventional Baker Blog. Additionally, the blog has a number of great resource on where to buy butterfly pea flowers, as well as other natural colorings. Recommended!

Here the entire flowers were used as well. Image from Mario'z Eats blog.

A recipe for Butterfly Pea Flower Crepe cake can be found here, on the Mario'z Eats blog. Also informative, and the instructions are clear and well illustrated.

Finally, a recipe for Butterfly Pea Lemon Cheesecake, by a company called Secret Recipe.

We have no connection with any of the above recipe makers, and have not yet tried the recipes. However, these site "felt" trustworthy, and certainly have great images!

As Bubiko becomes more organized, she will be be creating more informative posts, using her own experiences, videos and recipes.

Oh yes, Bubiko's favorite expression is "aroi mak mak" which, in the Thai language, means "very delicious"!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for Bubiko, and do keep with her adventures on Instagram.

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